The emperor Fu Hsi is said to have created Chinese numerology four thousand years ago, when he noticed the patterns of a tortoise’s shell. This inspired him to create the Lo Shu grid of numbers.
The Lo Shu grid is 3×3 with the number five located in the centre. Numbers one to nine are used, zero is not used as it is considered the perfect symbol of completeness.
The grid is divided into six parts. Three vertical and three horizontal.
All vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines add up to 15.
The odd and even numbers alternate in the periphery of the Lo Shu pattern. The four even numbers are at the four corners and the five odd numbers form a cross in the centre of the square.
Here are nine times nine good reasons why you should buy V.I.P Jiu 8 Baijiu.
Why nine times nine? Because it is a very auspicious number in China.
1 – Health With V.I.P Jiu 8
While it is recommended that no more than three units per day of any alcohol be consumed. With two days per week alcohol free.
For health benefits we recommend no more than 1 unit per day of V.I.P Jiu 8.
- 1 – V.I.P Jiu 8 contains nine herbs, beneficial to well-being.
- 2 – Can protect against atherosclerotic plaque.
- 3 – Can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- 4 – Can reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke.
- 5 – Can reduce the risk of diabetes.
- 6 – Can reduce the risk of gallstones.
- 7 – Can help immunity enhancement.
- 8 – Can improve libido.
- 9 – Can reduce stress.
So all in all you could say, a V.I.P Jiu a day, keeps the doctor at bay.
Further reading: V.I.P Jiu 8 – The restorative baijiu.
2 – History With V.I.P Jiu 8
Learning historical facts is not only informative, it is also constructive and gives one the feeling of satisfaction of having learned something educational and by being able to store and recall this information, aids the memory, thus boosting brain power.
- 1 – V.I.P Jiu 8 was created by the emperor Kangxi, who reigned from 1661-1722.
- 2 – Kangxi became emperor at the early age of eight years old.
- 3 – Born Xuanye, Kangxi was one of the longest reigning emperors in dynastic history.
- 4 – Jean De Fontaney and his group arrived in China February 1688.
- 5 – 1693 Kangxi developed a interest in western medicine after being cured of malaria.
- 6 – V.I.P Jiu 8 was first created some time between 1693-1701 with the help of Jesuit monks.
- 7 – The secret of V.I.P Jiu 8 lay hidden from the world for almost three hundred years.
- 8 -In 2014 a antique boxed wine cup with the recipe hidden inside was bought at an auction.
- 9 – 2017 was the beginning of a 5,772 mile journey which would initiate the rebirth of V.I.P Jiu 8.
Now there is something you don’t learn every day.
Further reading: V.I.P Jiu 8: Ancient And Modern Timeline
Doumu, mother of the great chariot (the big dipper). She is the feminine aspect of the cosmic god of heaven, the seven stars of the big dipper, which is eighth of the Chinese 28 constellations, also the two that are not visible to the naked eye are her sons.
The Jiuhuangshen (The nine god kings) they are themselves regarded as the ninefold manifestation of Jiuhuangdadi or Doufu (father of the great chariot).
So therefore she is both wife and mother of the god of heaven.
Other names for her are Taiyi Yuanjun (Lady of the great one). Tianmu (Mother of heaven). She is depicted with three eyes, four heads and eight arms.
Ao Guang had brought misery to the world by creating storms, droughts and other disasters, but due to the fear that the people held for Ao Guang and his sons they never reported his actions to the Jade Emperor. So for many years Ao Guang enjoyed the offerings from the people who tried to appease him.
It came to pass one day, Nezha cleansed himself in the eastern sea, which caused the palace of Ao Guang to shake. So Ao Guang sent Li Gen and third son Ao Bing to bring Nezha to task, but Nezha killed them both. So Ao Guang took the matter up with the Jade Emperor, whereupon Nezha gave Ao Guang a thrashing.
Angrily Ao Guang, along with three other dragon kings took both Li Jing and his wife Lady Yin hostage, wishing to free them Nezha offers his life for his parents, to which Ao Guang happily agrees. So Nezha commited suicide.
After committing suicide, he appears to his mother in a dream and asks her to build a temple for him, so his soul would have somewhere to rest.
Anqi Sheng was said to live on mount Penglai, he was a wizard able to make himself invisible at will. It is said the he was over one thousand years old at the time of Qin Shi Huang the first emperor.
Qin Shi Huang feared death and sought immortality. In a effort to avoid death he became obsessed with the elixir of life. So sending out an expedition under Xu Fu to find Anqi and to bring him back with the elixir of life, which would give him immortality.
Xu Fu returned a few days later and said that a great sea creature blocked the expeditions path. So emperor Qin Shi Huang sent out archers to slay the beast and Xu Fu continued on his journey. After several years Xu Fu could not find Anqi the wizard, so fearing to return empty handed for he knew the emperor would have him put to death he went on to conquer Japan and proclaimed himself king.
Xingtian was a giant who was a follower of Chi You. When the yellow emperor defeated Chi You, Xingtian went forth with axe and shield to fight the supreme divinity.
He forced his way into the celestial court and challenged the emperor to a dual.
The two of them engaged in combat, sword against axe, ferociously they fought all the way to the mountain of Changyang.
Where with a final swipe of his sword, the yellow emperor sliced off Xingtian’s head.
Nevertheless, headless, with shield in one hand and battle axe in the other he continues to fight. His nipples transformed into eyes and his navel into a mouth and defiantly he began to dance.
The monkey king or Sun Wukong as he is known can be traced back to the Song dynasty. The monkey king is blessed with super strength and the ability to transform into 72 different animals or objects. Each of his hairs have the power to manipulate wind, water and fire.
He is characterized by his short temper. Sun Wukong is a skilled fighter, and can also freeze living beings with his breath.
The monkey king established himself as a powerful demon, but he was sentenced to death for attacking a dragon king.
He defied hells attempts to collect his soul by wiping his name from the book of life and death. Exasperated with his antics the jade emperor appeal to the Buddha. The Buddha made a bet that the monkey king could not escape from the palm of his hand, smugly the monkey king accepted the challenge and flies to the end of the world. Where he sees five white pillars. He marks the pillars to prove he had reached the end of heaven. He then leaps back and land in to the Buddha’s palm, only to find the five pillars he had found were the fingers of the Buddha’s hand. When the monkey king tried to escape, the Buddha turns his hand into a mountain and there the monkey king remained imprisoned for five hundred years.
How a man called Zhang Lang became the kitchen god Zao Jun. Zhang Lang married a chaste woman, but soon after his marriage he fell for a younger woman. So he abandoned his wife. As punishment for his adultery the gods afflicted him with blindness. His young lover left him and he had to resort to begging to support himself.
While out begging one day his former wife came across him, despite the way he had treat her, she took pity on him and invited him to her house for a meal, but did not tell him who she was. After the meal Zhang Lang told her his story and he was so overcome with pain at his folly that he began to weep.
His former wife told him to open his eyes, whereupon his vision was restored. Recognising the woman he had abandoned, Zhang felt such remorse that he threw himself on the fire in the hearth. His former wife tried to save him but all she managed to save was one leg.
The devoted woman then created a shrine to her former husband and placed it above the fireplace. The gods were impressed by the woman’s devotion and Zhang Lang’s sacrifice so they made him the Kitchen god, and to this day in Chinese homes a fire poke is sometimes referred to as Zhang Lang’s leg.
Ji Gong who the people called the mad monk, for his eccentric behaviour, his dirty ragged robe and violating Buddhist monastic rules by eating meat and drinking alcohol had the gift of clairvoyance. One day he foresaw that a mountain peak was about to crash down upon a nearby village.
So he began to warn the village people, telling them of the danger, but they just laughed saying “ its that crazy monk talking nonsense” Ji Gong was at a loss and did not know what to do, but he knew he must do something, as no one took heed of his warning. Then he spotted a wedding procession, quickly he snatched the bride and took off with her draped over his shoulder. Alarmed the groom and the wedding guests called out and chased after the kidnapper, soon the whole village was chasing after Ji Gong.
Just as the people passed the village gates, the mountain top collapsed and came crashing down destroying the village. Ji Gong put down the bride and just stood in his tattered robes smiling and holding a bottle of wine in his right hand.
When Ji Gong died, he was buried in the running tiger spring area and a monastery named Jigong Tayuan was built in honour of him.
Yan Wang is regarded as the king of hell, he presides over and decides the fate of the dead. His minions include a judge who holds a brush and a book listing every soul and the allotted death date for every life.
His other minions, Bullhead and Horseface are the fearsome guardians of hell, who bring the newly dead, one at a time for judgment before Yan Wang. Who is described as having a fearsome appearance with big bulging eyes, deep red skin, a harsh expression and a long black beard.
Virtuous souls are sent to heaven for a given period, before returning to earth. Sinners are condemned to wander through the ten layers of hell before arriving at their punishment.
Even Yan Wang is not immune to the punishment of hell. When he is not passing judgement on other souls he is strapped to a hot metal bench as molten metal is poured down his throat three times a day, that is why his skin is so red.